The football season officially started on Friday March 12th when Reads United hit Padiham. Padiham, until then a sleepy town near Burnley in Lancashire, had never known such fuss since Owen Coyle announced he was to become manager of Bolton.
As you can see, primary schools turned out in force to see the legends who are Reads United, thanks to the organizational skills of Allyson Richmond and Alison Turner, two of Lancashire’s finest. Sitting amazingly still without breaking a thing for almost two hours were: Hapton Primary, Padiham Primary, Padiham Green Primary, St Leonard’s Primary and St John’s RC Primary.
First of all Tom Palmer dazzled the audience with his world famous Reading Game and I made them cry by reading a passage from ‘What’s Ukrainian for Football?’ The experience ended with the unique penalty shoot-out game won, naturally, by a girl!